A Federal Reserve survey shows the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
A Federal Reserve survey released Wednesday found that the U.S. economy held steady during the 16-day partial government shutdown, growing moderately in most regions from October through late November.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 4:40 PM EDT2013-10-17 20:40:19 GMT
(RNN) - By passing a last-minute deal on the debt ceiling, and a 16 days-late deal on the government shutdown, Congress finally got back to doing its job. So, what now? Some people may see it as the timeMore >>
With a budget passed only until January, a debt ceiling deal through February and a bunch of days off for Congress until then, the country may be back in the same situation soon.More >>
Thursday, October 17 2013 5:27 AM EDT2013-10-17 09:27:22 GMT
A last-minute deal has been struck, allowing the federal government to avoid a shutdown. A shutdown would have suspended all federal government services deemed non-essential. All federally-funded museums,More >>
Congress has passed a bill to fund the government and lift the debt ceiling, avoiding default. More >>
Sunday, October 13 2013 6:52 PM EDT2013-10-13 22:52:24 GMT
WASHINGTON, DC (RNN) - Despite the WWII Memorial being closed, members of the Million Vet March have gathered in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown – according to media reports. "We do notMore >>
Veterans gathered at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC to protest the government shutdown.More >>
Saturday, October 12 2013 10:44 PM EDT2013-10-13 02:44:59 GMT
People nationwide have been unable to access welfare benefits through their EBT cards Saturday. Reports on the matter indicated the issue has no connection to the government shutdown.More >>
Xerox, which handles EBT systems in several states, said Saturday night the problem that prevented people from using their cards to shop has now been corrected. More >>
(RNN) - With the popularity of social networks at an all-time high, getting a 14-year-old to quit Facebook may not be the easiest task.
That wasn't the case for Paul Baier, a Boston father who got his daughter, Rachel, to sign a "Facebook Deactivation Agreement" for five months in exchange for $200.
"She has been on Facebook since age 12," Baier said. "She proposes that it goes from now through the end of the academic school year, which ends June 26."
On Tuesday, Baier posted an image of the agreement which reads:
I, Rachel, agree to deactivate my Facebook Account from 2/3 2013 to 6/26/ 2013.In return my dad, Paul Baier, agrees to pay me $50 on 4/15/ 2013 and $150 on 6/26/2013. He/she will have access to my Facebook to change the password and to deactivate the account. This will prevent me from re-activating the account in the future. I plan to use the money for the following purposes: stuff.
Rachel is an honor student, and often found Facebook to be a distraction from homework. She also needed a better way to earn cash.
"She has been frustrated that she can't find more babysitting jobs to earn cash," Baier said. "She was looking for ways to find money and came up with this idea."
Although it has only been a few days since the agreement went into effect, Baier says there haven't been any problems, so far.
"Some of her friends were surprised. Her friends have called her to tell her the reaction on Facebook," he said.
Baier doesn't think his daughter would start another account behind his back,because she knows how he would be upset and that would be "against the spirit of our agreement."
However, Rachel hasn't said what "stuff" she'll use the money for.
"I thought she would write in what she wanted. She clearly has something in mind," he said.
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